The pipes in military history:
Learn more about the bagpipes in Scottish Military History:
Watch a documentary from BBC Scotland about WW1 pipers – 1 hour:
Pipers of the Trenches Includes the descendants of pipers from the great war, including the family of Piper John Wilson from the Tyneside-Scottish Regiment who actually played on the first day of the Somme in 1916.
The section on the Battle of the Somme is from 12:58-17:51 and the introduction up to 2:10 is also worth watching.
Learn about Piper William Lawrie
Recordings of the tunes:
Recording of the tune Battle of the Somme by William Lawrie:
Includes a photo montage of the battle, but you could just listen to the tune.
Recording of Sunset on the Somme (paired with another tune):
You can finish recording at 1:39 just to hear the Somme Tune
NB This tune is being played on the Scottish small pipes here and not the bagpipes.